Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

There’s nothing much to say about these Cavaliers that will cheer them up. They are the team that stopped showering, won’t leave the house and is binging on Mocha Almond Fudge every night. It was a rough summer. Can they heal from The Incision in time for the season? Fantasy owners want to know; specifically, we want to know where we should draft these fragile wrecks.

 

We are all witnesses to a very public breakup.

 

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The Heartless Bastard’s departure actually opens up some intriguing fantasy possibilities. Mo Williams has been a little weepy lately but if his feelings don’t get in the way he could be a tremendous value. Williams could either lift his game to another level or wilt into a puddle this year. If he gives you 18 points, a couple of threes and five assists while shooting close to 90 percent from the line, it isn’t crazy to consider him in the fourth round. Antawn Jamison is back in his comfort zone as a top offensive option on a team that isn’t very good. Jamison is a defensive liability but he could definitely put up 20 points a game. He’ll challenge Williams for leading scorer, perhaps at small forward as Cleveland wants to see what they have in J.J. Hickson.

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Hickson is a nice sleeper this year if he secures the starting power forward spot. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 boards last year in 21 minutes per contest, and in a full-time role we’re thinking he’ll max out at about 14-15 points and 7-9 boards. If he can block one shot a game that would be nice, but he isn’t the most dynamic fantasy performer. Consider him as one of your first reserves at forward. Anderson Varejao will also have every chance to star this year. Varejao is a perfect complementary player but the Cavs will need a little more from him in every area. He can certainly approach a double-double every game, along with a block, a steal and a solid field goal percentage. Consider him a No. 2 center, a poor man’s Joakim Noah who should be targeted around the ninth or tenth round.

STATISTICS
The Cavs only added one impact player in the offseason, old fantasy friend Ramon Sessions. Sessions is a pretty good pickup for them as they clearly need players who can create their own shots. Sessions could conceivably share the backcourt with Williams, so watch this carefully. If he plays 30 or more minutes he’s a decent fantasy guard. What we’ll probably see is the underwhelming Anthony Parker at shooting guard and either Jamario Moon or Jamison starting at the ‘3’. I wouldn’t draft Parker or Moon until late, and would much rather prefer to make them prove they have a role and taking either on the waiver wire if need be. Joey Graham will also battle for playing time. If you are looking for a deep flier, keep an eye on Ryan Hollins, the backup center. Varejao has been dinged up this summer, and Hollins has some length and a decent motor.

DEPTH CHART
PG – Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions
SG – Anthony Parker, Daniel Gibson
SF – Antawn Jamison, Jamario Moon
PF – J.J. Hickson, Leon Powe
C – Anderson Varejao, Ryan Hollins

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